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Updated: 12/11/2012 7:26 pm
We have a disturbing video to show you of a girl attacking another girl as she gets off a school bus. A fellow student recorded the whole thing and shared it online. News 3's Elizabeth Donatelli spoke exclusively with a father who says his daughter is also a victim of this violent circle of friends.

LAS VEGAS (Las Vegas Sun) --
Clark County School District Police are investigating a videotaped fight that occurred between two middle-school girls last week, officials said Monday.

The video, which surfaced over the weekend on social media, shows a girl pulling another girl's hair and pushing her down against a sidewalk curb moments after the two got off a school bus. A group of schoolchildren could be seen surrounding the two students in the video, which was uploaded to Facebook.

School District spokeswoman Melinda Malone said the incident involved students from Faiss Middle School and happened Friday afternoon along the school bus route to the girls' homes. Malone said she had not heard of injuries stemming from the fight.

The two girls — as well as the student who recorded the fight and posted it online — would face disciplinary action at school, Malone said. Officials could not elaborate on what those punishments would be, citing student privacy laws.

"We take these matters very seriously," Malone said. "We don't condone physical violence."

In general, students caught fighting could face suspension, even expulsion from school, Malone said. Furthermore, students could face legal ramifications, such as criminal charges or a civil lawsuit, she added.

This is the latest salvo in a series of Las Vegas school fights caught on tape, the most recent occurring less than two weeks ago.

On Nov. 30, School District police arrested two brothers in connection with a videotaped punching of a special education student. The attackers, ages 13 and 15, were booked into juvenile detention on charges of battery.

In October, a videotape surfaced of a female Chaparral High School student pulling another female student by her hair, punching her more than a dozen times and slamming her head into a hallway wall.

The School District has several anti-bullying and kindness campaigns in place at its schools in an effort to curb student violence. Students are encouraged to report bullying on the district and school websites.

-- Las Vegas Sun / Paul Takahashi

The following is a statement released by the Clark County School District:

The Clark County School District has strict, zero-tolorance rules in place regarding bullying and fighting. The District has always had policies and procedures in place to deal with such behavior.

Portable technology like cell phones make incidents of violence and/or bullying easier to document. Sharing footage of an assault on websites or electronically from student-to-student serves no purpose other than to further ridicule and embarrass the victim and embolden bullies.

Any student who captures photos or video of an assault on-campus, on a bus or during a school activity should immediately turn the footage over to a teacher, school administrator or police. That footage will become evidence against students who stoop to assault.

Additionally, the Clark County School District will not be participating in on-camera media interviews regarding student fight videos. Doing so encourages copy-cat acts, gives bullies an audience, and keeps the cycle of bullying going by causing further embarrassment to the student(s) involved.

We do not condone bullying or violence and will not be a part of the repeated showing of these videos on television."



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